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[sounds] Stripped State: Laurel Canyon Recordings

From January to June 2018, my wife Cat costume designed the series adaptation of the podcast Homecoming that shot in L.A., so we decamped Brooklyn for a 1930s cottage aerie perched halfway up Laurel Canyon. I bought a knock around Seagull guitar at the perfect scaled All-In-One guitar shop in Koreatown, and figured I’d have the Gentleman of the Canyon adventure I always dreamt. Over the six months, I took a trip back to my own songwriting time zero, stripped down and raw, to that place where I just sat and thought and wrote and strummed. And listened. And learned, embracing every mistake as an intention…


[track] this canyon drive (20180307.3a)

well I’m climbing up this Canyon drive
high enough to see across time
to the days where you and I
had nothing to leave behind
up here, on this Canyon drive

a thousand feet up in the sky
on a one-lane two-way graded switchback ride
we opened up and saw ourselves from outside
and knew we wanted no other life
up here, on this Canyon drive

down in the Valley a relentless pursuit of dreams
in every shadow a sorrow and a scheme
a world designed to keep us from coming alive
far away from all the light that shines
up here, on this Canyon drive

what price wouldn’t you pay
to let nothing get in your soul’s way
to quiet dark echoes of unlived lives
at least up here there’s hope you’ll find
peace on this Canyon drive